Stokes county Opens Collection Sites for the World’s Largest Christmas Project

This month, two locations in the Stokes County area will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual Samaritan’s Purse project is a favorite of many Stokes County residents, families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with a “Wow!” item—like a doll or soccer ball—other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

“Through the simple act of filling a shoebox, someone in Stokes County can make a tangible difference in the life of a child halfway around the world. Anyone can participate and bring joy to a child facing difficult circumstances,” said Area volunteer Suzanne Coleman, who has participated in Operation Christmas Child for 19 years.

During National Collection Week, Nov. 16 – 23, Stokes County residents hope to contribute more than 48,000 gift-filled shoeboxes to the 2015 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

Stokes County Area COLLECTION SITES:

King/ Rural Hall, Jefferson Church of Christ, 8200 Jefferson Church Rd., Rural Hall NC 27045, 336-969-2341

Sandy Ridge, Oak Ridge Baptist, 4162 North Carolina Hwy. 704E, Sandy Ridge NC 27046, 336-871-9912

16th-17th 9am -5pm

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, a gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child call 828)262-1980.With a computer or mobile device, anyone can conveniently pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift on the Samaritan’s Purse website. Go to to select toys and gift items, write a note of encouragement and “pack” them in a shoebox. Using special tracking technology, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world their gift is delivered by using the donation form found at These gifts of hope will go to children in some of the hardest-to-reach countries.

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